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Join FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience!
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) provides a wealth of benefits for your students, Family and Consumer Sciences program, school, community, and your own professional development.
What is FCCLA?
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education or related courses as determined by the state department of education. FCCLA has more than 200,000 members and nearly 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than 10 million people since its founding in 1945.
FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers and communities.
2012-2013 Membership Kit
The FCCLA Membership Kit! is your guide to kicking off your year with a bang! The 2012-2013 Membership Kit is in a content-rich, easy-to use, CD format! The CD is filled with all of the resources, project ideas, and tools necessary to start or maintain your FCCLA chapter. Packaging will include the Join FCCLA! poster. To request this kit please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-234-4425.
2012-2013 Membership Video
Join FCCLA Brochure
FCCLA Affiliation Process
2012-2013 FCCLA Online Affiliation!
FCCLA Online Affiliation New Features! Print roster -Import student members and easy navigation.It is important to note that you MUST use the Excel roster.
FCCLA Online Affiliation Demonstration Video (New 2/2013)
Top 5 things you need to know & have before starting the affiliation process:
Have your username and password ready.
If you are going to upload your roster via the excel upload tool, make sure you have your Excel file with your student roster information ready to upload. Click here Template.
Make sure you complete the affiliation process. The last step in the process is the checkout page where you will click SUBMIT to complete. Please Note: the process is not complete and your chapter is not affiliated until you click SUBMIT.
You will receive an email confirmation.
2012-2013 Affiliation Forms
Indirect Affiliation: If your chapter is located in one of the states listed below, your affiliation should be sent to your state adviser.
Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Virgin IslandsIndirect state dues
Middle Level Program Affiliation (optional):National middle level chapter affiliation is available only if the state offers chapter affiliation as well. A special dues structure for FCCLA middle level (grades 8 and below) chapters is available to chapters that qualify. It is designed to accommodate the unique characteristics of middle level programs. Note: Those schools with small enrollments less than 50 students may want to continue to affiliate individual members at $9 each. Specifics of the program are summarized Here .
Middle Level Program Affiliation Forms & Dues
Middle Level State Fees 2012-2013
Pilot Postsecondary Program
Pilot Postsecondary Infomation
Pilot Postsecondary STAR Events
Pilot Postsecondary Affiliation Form
Who can JOIN?
Who is eligible to be a member of FCCLA?
Any student who has taken a course in Family and Consumer Sciences, or as determined by the state department of education, middle school through grade 12 is eligible for active membership in an organized chapter within their school. Once the state and national dues are paid, the student will be an official affiliated member. Teachers can join FCCLA, too! Teachers certified to teach Family and Consumer Sciences Education, or as determined by the state department of education, can serve as the FCCLA chapter adviser.
Remember: you don’t have to do it all! FCCLA offers a variety of national programs and events to help increase the effectiveness of your Family and Consumer Sciences program and motivates students. During your chapter’s first years, guide members toward the programs that seem to best serve your local community needs. As members gain experience and build a tradition of chapter success, they will be ready to branch out into additional programs and events.
Where Do I Start?
- The first step for a new adviser is to establish and affiliate a FCCLA chapter. Follow the Chapter Checklist(.pdf) for basic guidelines on establishing a chapter. National and state affiliation is required to use the “FCCLA” name. Make sure your administration understands the benefits of having an FCCLA chapter.
- Many advisers find that the second step is to involve students right away in a hands-on project that are both fun and meaningful. Whether through an official FCCLA national program or a simple local effort, give members a chance to make a difference and take the lead.
- Attend an FCCLA district/regional meeting or a national meeting.
- Ask your state adviser to explain how FCCLA is organized in your state and to find an experienced adviser to be your mentor and sounding board. Obtain, review, and use FCCLA publications and audiovisual resources. Perhaps, most of all, enjoy your students and your FCCLA chapter experiences
Do you aim to instill students with a love of learning? Advising an FCCLA chapter can be an excellent adventure with rich rewards, a stronger FACS program, closer relationships with students, and personal and professional recognition. Keep your eye on the prize, relax, and rely on your students creativity and enthusiasm!
Things to keep in mind during your first year:
Resources for New Advisers
| Resources for New Advisers |
State Advisers Contact Information
Introduction to FCCLA Lesson Plan
Pilot Postsecondary STAR Events
Planning Process Information and Worksheet
Planning Process Worksheet (Typeable.pdf)
Postsecondary Affiliation Form
Step One Webquest
The "3Rs" of Membership
Why FCCLA? (Spanish version)
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